Judgement trumps Description?

I’m sure you’ve heard someone say “you shouldn’t judge people” or “don’t be so judgmental.” So you shut down rational thought and feel a little bad, mainly because you don’t want someone judging you. I hear this said often, but like so many sayings or ideas, it has wandered from its original meaning. There’s been times when I offer a description and get accused of passing judgement, but actually the accuser passed judgement on my description. Continue Reading

My Hollywood Career

Way back when, I had a brief Hollywood career. I wrote a few Star Trek spec scripts and one of them got noticed by the producers of Voyager. (Back then you could sign a waiver and actually send scripts to the show.) So I got invited to pitch a few stories by phone to Michael Taylor (an Executive Producer who later worked on Battlestar Galactica). I pitched 5 stories, none of which were bought, but I got invited to pitch again. Full of confidence (or something) I decided to move to Hollywood and make a go of it, figuring it might be better to pitch in person. Continue Reading

What is Rhetoric?

I’m getting back to basics these days because people have forgotten (or maybe they never learned) about writing and creative thinking. It seems I’ve literally run into people who don’t know the difference between being artistic and being autistic. Can you imagine how dark their worlds must be? Always labeling creative people as defective? So in getting back to basics, I decided to look up the word “rhetoric” to see what it says. Continue Reading

Where Have All the liberal Free-thinking Writers Gone?

This is a throwback to 07/07/2007. Ahh the ever-changing meaning of the word ‘liberal’ in America. It’s advisable to limit the use of adjectives in your writing for this reason alone: adjectives change meaning a lot. In the case of the word ‘liberal’ it kind of glues itself to the word it’s modifying. Liberal politician, liberal arts, liberal christian. The word changes so much that it has literally become a noun. Anyway after the dark theme of the last post, I thought maybe this says the same thing in a humorous and lighter tone. Continue Reading

American Neofascism

By this time next year, America could very well be a fascist nation. Having studied political science, I agree with Jimmy Carter that we are already a nationalistic oligarchy. That’s one step, one leader, away from being fascist. So it wouldn’t be surprising given who appears to be rising to the top in this election cycle that we will take the next step. What might be surprising is that it may not matter who gets elected. I’m not sure any leader at this point can stop the American people from the trajectory we are on. Continue Reading